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  1. Rest
    March 20th, 2015 8:27 AM
    Damnit Cat! Alright alright alright, I'm gonna watch it right now but on MY OWN CONSCIOUS VOLITION (I'm half-kidding, that incredible stare gif single-handedly guilt-shamed me into it).
  2. Rest
    March 20th, 2015 8:01 AM
    Oh no, poor cat! Gadzookey (!) is amazing and I'm so glad it's reaching its funding goal. And that video is everything to me right now. ♥

    DON'T CRUCIFY ME PLEASE but I haven't seen Spirited Away, and quite a lot of the other Ghibli films as well (I've seen three: Arrietty, The Wind Rises and Kaguya). I need to fix that pronto! Quite a few of my friends use it as a running gag against me; it's getting pretty bad.

    Dear White People! I just saw it the other day. It didn't make much of a splash for me but I did like the stylishness and concept of it. And I have a mind to watch Girlhood; the TIFF trailer looks wondrous. And I really won't mind a viewing of another French female coming-of-age drama (one other movie I've watched that fits this criteria is Blue is the Warmest Color which was pretty excellent).

    Mates wanna go see Kingsman again so I'll probs do that this Saturday, but I need to let my cinephile/TV-phile self take over! (this would constitute watching films or shows by myself allllllllll day in the bed)
  3. Rest
    March 20th, 2015 5:36 AM
    Definitely see some of your criticism, but I'm glad we can agree that Elisabeth Moss is so astonishingly great in this. The portions with Moss might just constitute my favorite parts of the film as well (though that's not to say I don't love everything else). This includes that one shot where she comes out victorious after degrading Philip when he tries to come home. So gratifying and amazing. And Gatzuki (?) the cat is just the greatest. He's almost as great as the two marmalade cats in Inside Llewyn Davis.

    Weekends! Rochefort time! What are your plans this weekend Cat?
  4. Alexander Nicholi
    March 19th, 2015 4:11 PM
    Alexander Nicholi
    Oprah is so fake with her reaction plus it's a lego statue lmao
  5. Rest
    March 18th, 2015 8:01 AM
    I like Schwartzman in pretty much anything he's in (the Wes films, Funny People, Shopgirl, Marie Antoinette), but he's especially good in this. He gives the tragically disillusioned role of Philip such an acidic tinge. As for the film itself, I love it. I see very much the literary spirit of Roth's The Ghost Writer in it which I like a lot, even though it adapts roughly probably 1/4 of that book's content (neither the protagonist's Jewish problem nor the twist in the Anne Frank story but rather its themes on artistic idolatry and artistic ego) I LOVED the narrative form that the film takes; it opens up very much like a novel, and keeps the story at a steady pace without meandering. And here again, Perry unleashes through his characters, his unmistakable knack for highly combative dialogue (it's not as extensively used here as in The Color Wheel but it's there and it's always cuttingly written and incredibly entertaining). I actually pretty much found it just decent when I first saw it because I expected a full adaptation of The Ghost Writer which it wasn't, but I loved it the second viewing-round when I actually payed attention to what it's offering. Very lovely film, though I can definitely see why people would hate it (it's intensely pessimistic; my roommate loathed it, but I don't mind it honestly).

    And Elisabeth Moss. GOD BLESS MOSS. She's in the next Alex Ross Perry film and I can't wait to see what she can come up with next.

    And soooooorry for the word vomit. I feel like I reply entire essays to you most of the time!

    EDIT: Why'd you hate it? D: Thought it'd be right up your alley.
  6. Rest
    March 17th, 2015 7:34 AM
    I'll defo check Rochefort or Model Shop out sometime later in the week, as I'm swamped with university work right now. And yeah, Lola is great but it also builds on the back-story of the man who marries Deneueve's character in Umbrellas (it's an earlier film and apparently both Umbrellas and Lola are set in the same universe), so that's one reason to check it out. Very cool stuff! And this: I WANT

    Anyways, as I promised: my favorite perfs of 2014.

    Best Supporting Actress
    1. Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
    2. Franziska Weisz, Stations of the Cross
    3. Elisabeth Moss, Listen Up Philip
    4. Scarlett Johansson, Captain America: The Winter Soldier
    5. Melanie Lynskey, Happy Christmas

    Best Supporting Actor
    1. Josh Brolin, Inherent Vice
    2. Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
    3. Jake Lacy, Obvious Child
    4. J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
    5. Michael Lomenda, Jersey Boys

    Best Actress (Pike and Stone top this list in a deadlock)
    1-2. Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
    1-2. Emma Stone, Magic in the Moonlight
    3. Julianne Moore, Maps to the Stars
    4. Zaraah Abrahams, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus
    5. Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night

    Best Actor
    1. David Oyelowo, Selma
    2. Oscar Isaac, A Most Violent Year
    3. Jason Schwartzman, Listen Up Philip
    4. Joshua Burge, Buzzard
    5. Gérard Depardieu, Welcome to New York
  7. Rest
    March 16th, 2015 10:38 AM
    I watched The Umbrellas of Cherbourg today. Wow. Catherine Deneueve looking straight into the camera in Umbrellas was heart-stopping every time it happened. And that set design is some of the best I've seen in a while! I liked it so much that I watched another Jacques Demy movie - Lola - right after. WOW. So many great things but one that was pretty much the highlight of this whole love-and-longing film was one brief slow-motion scene towards the end that was so heart-stirring in the best ways. I'm itching to watch another Demy now.
  8. Rest
    March 15th, 2015 9:14 AM
    I'm actually still four episodes in on Kimmy Schmidt (yeah yeah I'm a slug). That Martin Short guest role... errrggghhhh.

    I like Ellie Kemper and Jane Krakowski and Tituss Burgess with their respective characters. But can you imagine if all three of them were in a scene together? I wouldn't be handle that high-octane craziness.
  9. Rest
    March 12th, 2015 8:33 AM
    Maybe it's just the upbringing that I had with my parents playing traditional musical films for the siblings and I frequently that I have a lot of nostalgia for them. I'll defo check out Dancer in the Dark, it's a long time coming anyway. Maybe when I get to sick of the Kimmy Schimdt sunniness. :P

    ??? :o You've never listened to Illinois before? It's a very famous album, and for the right reasons. Make some time for a listen-through, it's a STUNNER and a songwriting masterpiece. My only criticism for it is that it can be rather blown out sometimes in terms of sound (think Bon Iver, Bon Iver), but it's excellent otherwise. I'm not familiar with his other work (The Age of Adz and Seven Swans were both albums I listened to a long time ago; I have sketchy memories for both), but he's someone I can easily recommend.
  10. Rest
    March 11th, 2015 5:46 PM
    Bee tee dubs, I have a copy of the upcoming Carrie & Lowell by Sufjan Stevens (don't ask how I got it, it's not supposed to be out yet!) and I'm not sure why I can't be bothered to listen to it.

    I quite like this new Tame Impala track though:
  11. Rest
    March 11th, 2015 5:26 PM
    Haha, I love musicals but I'm not versed in them by any stretch. The oldies like The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, West Side Story and Funny Girl are all great, and newer ones like Dreamgirls and Chicago are stunners, but I haven't seen much to be called one. I've had a mind to watch that Lars von Trier feature for quite a while now though (along with Breaking the Waves and Dogville among others) but I've always put it off for something else. I probably might not ever be in a mood for a Lars von Trier film tbh, especially after Melancholia (hoooooo boy...)
  12. Rest
    March 10th, 2015 12:42 AM
    I had Block Exams a few weeks ago, then had to prep for a Semester Exam week two weeks later. It's been a hellish month of page-flipping and memorizing. x_x Think I averaged 3-4 hours of sleep per night for the past two weeks. Back to attending the regular lectures now but I caught a bacterial infection just yesterday. The muks don't stop :|

    Maps to the Stars was sort of where its both banal and cutthroat, the former feeding into the latter, with a vileness and magic that bubbles constantly as the film runs. It pushes Hollywood into its most horrifying form; hateful, plastic, hateful, traitorous. It's also so hysterical, but more in a sick, schadenfreude kind of way (see: every J. Moore scene). I definitely can see why people would hate it though. It's stylized in such a distinct way; the tone, dialogue, music, etc. if you don't like it 10 minutes in, you probably wouldn't like the rest.

    I'm a sucker for musicals! One other musical that I loved from last year was Into the Woods which cranked out some fantastic musical numbers and a charming cast and CRAZY visuals, but Jersey Boys has the advantage of Clint Eastwood's classicist yet easy-breezy direction, a testosterone-injected rise-and-fall story, and a timely form of acting among its stellar cast. One of last year's truest and most deeply-felt and passionate biographies. It's main criticism I think is how boring it is, but it never seemed boring to me!

    It's very hard to write about Jauja and why it was so stunning to me, so I'll forego that for now so you can watch it without pretense, but it's anything but conventional!

    Broad City had probably one of the funniest first seasons of any comedy I've watched. Ilana and Abbi and Hannibal Buress are comedy Gods. Think I'll check out Kimmy Schmidt first though. Reckon I need a dose of Ellie Kemper now.
  13. Rest
    March 7th, 2015 10:51 PM
    Yo! Really sorry for the late reply, had a brutally long, sleepless week of exams, but am back now :3

    Yes! I haven't checked out the new season yet but I'm considering watching Girls first, rather than, say, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt or Broad City, since I've been craving some seriously witty and pessimistic TV as of late. Is Ray and Shoshanna getting some good material this time round? They're the best, funniest parts of the show to me, hahah.

    And ey! I'm padlocking 2014, after 51 films (reached my goal of 50, the surplus being Miss Julie, which I thought I had good hunch for but apparently was too exorbitant and loud for me). I STILL haven't seen Inherent Vice, Foxcatcher, Timbuktu, and Mommy, among others, but I'll forego those for now to post this:

    1-5 : Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Jauja, Edge of Tomorrow, Stations of the Cross
    6-10 : Maps to the Stars, Jersey Boys, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, American Sniper, A Most Violent Year
    11-15 : Buzzard, Goodbye to Language 3D, Obvious Child, Journey to the West (Xi You), Selma


    51 : Lilting

    Yeah, it's a mixed bag, but they've all brought me to a greater appreciation and understanding, as well as a richer insight, into the medium. Cinematic conventions and radicalism done well, as well as sheer dramatic absurdity, and even those that prove the fecundity of ideas permeating the box office, they're all there in some capacity and I love 'em all. Total opposites to Lilting, probably the most maudlin, most tame film I saw from last year. On to 2015 :)
  14. Nihilego
    March 7th, 2015 4:50 PM
    heh. Well damn that's... argh, I'm jealous haha. For some reason though I am not all that surprised about the lack of stage presence although I feel like a lot of stuff from Hospice is pretty delicate. Dunno if they played much from Burst Apart and Familiars though - I imagine the former would at least have some stuff for them to play about with on stage.
  15. Nihilego
    March 6th, 2015 6:04 AM
    do one.

    When did you see them live though?! And in all seriousness, why didn't you like Hospice (or like it least, anyway)?

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Posted April 2nd, 2015 at 2:25 AM by Mr Cat Dog Comments 5
Posted inCulture... meh!

Apologies for those expecting a Futurama reference, but I can assure you that I have not missed a 'the' in the title of this blog post.

I assume that maybe three people will check this out (those three being shenanigans, maccrash and Rest), but I thought I'd do my part to publicise the brilliant new short animated film World of Tomorrow by Don Hertzfeldt. The brief synopsis is below, although...

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So I wake up this morning, have a shower, get dressed, open up Twitter: all standard Sunday morning stuff. And then this pops up on my Twitter feed:


Posted March 10th, 2014 at 3:18 PM by Mr Cat Dog Comments 6
So... it's been a while! But it'll be worth it when you see evidence of my visit to London's first cat cafe! Similar to the ones in Japan, Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium opened up on March 1 of this year in London (about 15 minutes from my house)... and it's already fully booked up until June! Deservedly so, as well. Home to about 10 rescue kitties - all adorable - it's a supremely relaxing environment where you can read a good book (on offer included The Art of War by Sun Tzu, Long Day's Journey Into...

Posted December 11th, 2013 at 7:37 AM by Mr Cat Dog Comments 1
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A bit of background is necessary for this one, as it's my favourite in this burgeoning 'series' of blog posts and a bit of context goes a long way.

At the end of last month, in and around Thanksgiving, I went to the US for just over a week to visit some friends out there (one in New York who is from there originally, the other in Virginia who's doing an internship at NATO for 6 months). I'm lucky enough to have been to NYC a number...

Posted November 6th, 2013 at 1:33 PM by Mr Cat Dog Comments 5
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A pretty interesting article comparing Nintendo's recent fortunes to those of Walt Disney Animation Studios in the early 1980s.

If you like either of those things (whether recent or from the early 1980s), I suggest checking out this article.

Let me know what you think in the comments!

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